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gop game. a republican upset in a new york house race that became a referendum on president obama. a waiting game. iran's president promises to free two american hikers convicted of spying, but where and when? and relaxed rules. flying is about to become less of a half, at least for parents. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, september 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. we begin with the state of the nation's economy and the growing implications for
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president obama. first, the politics and special election for a new york city house seat that turned into a referendum on the president's economic policies. republican bob turner was the upset winner in brooklyn and queens in new york city. turner easily beat david weprin in the race to succeed anthony weiner who resigned after an online sex scandal. in nevada, a district has never elected a democrat, republican mark amoded crushed his democratic opponent to vacate the house seat. the hole in nevada leaves republicans with 49-seat majority in the house. both of those elections, the state of the economy played a major role. the president knows it. this morning, mr. obama pitches his 447 billion dollar jobs plan in north carolina. tara mergener is in washington with more on that. good morning, tara. >> reporter: good morning to you, betty. since unveiling the plan to congress just last week, the president has been out almost detail promoting, urging voters
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to push congress. president obama heads to raleigh, north carolina, this morning, hoping to build support for his jobs plan. >> my question to congress is what on earth are we waiting for? >> reporter: in ohio tuesday, he called on lawmakers to quickly pass the proposal and said it would create tens of thousands of construction jobs in that state alone. the stop seemed to have a campaign feel to it, but the president insists his road trip isn't about politics. >> this isn't about giving me a win. this isn't about giving democrats or republicans a win. it's about giving the american people a win! >> reporter: while both parties agree on the need for more jobs, republicans have issues for how the president wants to pay for the plan. >> we see permanent tax increases put into effect in order to pay for temporary spending. >> reporter: gop leaders claim the white house is repackaging ideas republicans have already rejected. essentially daring them to vote
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against the measure. >> this is largely a campaign proposal and not about getting our economy going. >> reporter: president obama could also soon face opposition from fellow democrats. according to "the new york times," next week, he'll call for up to 500 billion dollars cuts in programs like medicare and medicaid. congressional republicans do agree with parts of this plan. the white house says it is willing to pass the plan in pieces rather than as a single package. betty? >> tara mergener in washington, thank you. in afghanistan, a 20-hour taliban siege in the heart of kabul finally ended early this morning. u.s. and afghan forces battle taliban fighters who fired on the u.s. embassy, nato headquarters and other targets from a high-rise building under construction. at least 11 afghan civilians were killed, including three children. no u.s. personnel were injured. during the attack, u.s.
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ambassador ryan crocker told cbs news the embassy is heavily reinforced. >> we are not your average embassy. we are very well prepared in terms of our physical structure, the personnel we have and the systems we have to respond to this type of attack. >> the afghan interior ministry says this morning, all of the taliban fighters, at least six, were killed. this morning, iran's judiciary is denying the release of two imprisoned american hikers as emmeant. iran's president had said the men could be freed within days. seth doane has the latest. >> reporter: shawn bauer and josh fattal and sarah shourd were arrested more than two years ago while hiking on iraq's border with iran. they were convicted of espionage by the iranian government. shourd released last year. they told the two men would be released on $500,000 bail each.
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the bauer and fattal families issued a statement that said it's a huge relief, we hope to say more when they are back in our arms. in an nbc news interview, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad called the planned release a humanitarian gesture. >> translator: we are trying to make arrangement for the freedom of the other two. i think these two persons will be freed in a couple of days. >> reporter: but secretary of state hillary clinton remains cautious. >> we are encouraged by what the iranian government has said today, but i'm not going to comment further than that. >> reporter: iran's president ahmadinejad will address the united nations general assembly next week. this iranian journalist who was jailed in 2004, says the timing of this release is hardly a coincide. >> if you release them, it shows the case was political from the beginning, it shows the judiciary has been
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under deemed for itself and they wanted intelligence and the entire case was a game for the iranian intelligence. >> reporter: some speculated the iranian president may even bring the two hikers with him to the united states as he comes to address the united nations. that, of course, would be a way to be seen as a more benevolent leader. it's worth noting that sarah shourd was released just one week before he addressed the general assembly last year. seth doane, cbs news, new york. police in argentina are blaming a bus driver for a deadly crash at a rail crossing. the bus driver tried to beat the oncoming train but he was way too late. what you don't see in the video, a second train going the other way also crashing into the train's derailed cars. in all, 11 people, including the bus driver, were killed. and more than 200 injured. a final report on last year's bp oil spill may be released today, but some details are leaking out and they don't look good for bp.
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after the deep water horizon rig exploded, nearly 5 billion barrels of oil spilled into the gulf. the associated press reports that a bp scientist had identified a flammable gas deposit that may have contributed to the disaster, but bp didn't reveal it to investigators for up to a year. and the gulf coast is still suffering the effects of that oil spill. tropical storm lee stirred up tar balls that are still washing up on beaches in louisiana and alabama. the mayor of one alabama town says tests show the tar balls are from the bp spill. smoke from a major wildfire in minnesota is blanketing much of the northern midwest. the fire is in minnesota's north woods near the canadian border and has blackened nearly 160 square miles. the smoke has drifted south and east as far as chicago, 600 miles away. just ahead on the morning news, complaints from an airline passenger who is stripped searched on the 9/11
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anniversary. plus the woman who was fired for taking time off so she could donate a kidney to her child. first, though, scott pelley has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news". >> as the president rolls out his plan to put america back to work, we ask the man who built the multibillion starbucks empire how he would fix the economy. that is tonight on the "cbs evening news." ♪ in here, every continent fits in one room. it was fun, we played football outside. why are you sitting in the dark? ♪ [ male announcer ] in here, you're never away from home. it's the at&t network. and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say. if you have painful, swollen joints, i've been in your shoes.
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federal health officials are warning the public about cantaloupe from colorado linked to a deadly listeria outbreak. there have been four deaths from the bacteria in colorado and new mexico. other cases have been reported in texas, oklahoma, nebraska, and indiana. cantaloupes from the rocky ford area southeast of denver are suspected, but a recall has not yet been ordered. an 8-year-old autistic boy is hospitalized in california,
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this morning, but in good condition, after spending more than a day lost in the mountain forest. joshua robb was found tuesday in the san bernardino mountains. he wandered away from an elementary school on monday and was found about a mile away. a new york woman is facing charges involving a fist fight between her 12-year-old daughter and another child. the fight was captured on video on sunday and ended up on youtube. the mother, daphne melon, was reportedly goating her daughter over what place say was to fight over what she says is a case of cyberbullying. police say she got into the fight herself attacking another 12-year-old girl allegedly. a woman removed from sunday's airplane on sunday's 9/11 says she was singled out because of her appearance. hebshea was one of three people removed from a frontier airlines plane sunday in detroit. she was strip-searched and says she is half arab and half jewish, she was targeted because of her middle eastern appearance.
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she was questioned and released. new pat-down security rules will be going into effect soon in airports across the country. homeland security plans to roll out the new policy to screen children without resorting to pat-downs that involve intimate contact. children will also not to have remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints, but there may be some exceptions to keep airport security unpredictable. on the cbs "moneywatch" more positive news for the automobile industry. ashley morrison here in new york with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> reporter: good morning, betty. asian markets fell today over more worries about the debt crisis after moody's downgraded the debt rating of big french banks citing their exposure to the crisis. japan's nikkei down a little over 1%, while hong kong's hang seng gained a fraction. on tuesday, stocks finished higher for the second straight day. the dow gained 44 points, while the nasdaq was up 37.
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toyota says it is finally back to its normal production levels in north america after a six-month slowdown. the automaker had big supply problems following the march earthquake and tsunami in japan. toyota builds 12 models in america, accounting for nearly 70% of its u.s. sales. google jumped into the travel business. without much fan fare, the search giant unveiled its new google flight section of the site on tuesday and google says it will make it easier and quicker to find the best prices being offered. the new feature has raised fears google will trample the competition in the fast growing online travel marketplace. meanwhile, good luck getting a seat. airlines are putting next year's new growth plans on hold. high fuel prices and sluggish economy. analysts suspected 3% to 5% fewer domestic flights next year. a philadelphia woman lost her job because she took time
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off to donate a kidney to her son. claudia ren don works at a company that makes parts. claudia rendon took a leave of absence to donate the kidney. when she went back to work last week, she was told she had been replaced. now the company's owner tells a local tv station, she will be paid until another position opens up. i certainly would hope so. >> goodness. ashley morrison here in new york, we don't make this stuff up, do we? thank you. ahead, your wednesday morning's weather. and in sports, yankees mariano rivera goes for a career milestone, career save number 600.
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seattle when ichiro suzuki was on first but he was thon out trying to steal, giving the yankees a 3-2 win over seattle and rivera, his 600th career save. rivera needs only two more saves to top trevor hoffman for the most in baseball history. in boston, dustin pedroia hit two home runs over the green monster and tim wakefield got his 18th win in a win over toronto. in the national league, the 11th inning in milwaukee, the brewers ryan braun hit a long blast to left center for a walkoff home run. milwaukee edged colorado 2-1. in college football, the ncaa has slapped boise state university with major rules violations. the nationally ranked boise state football team goes on probation for three years and loses some scholarships. the ncaa found the school had recruiting and other violations
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involving more than 75 prospects and student athletes in five sports. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and the latest poverty report isn't just about unemployed americans. many with jobs are still below the poverty line. below the poverty line.w the poverty uit, it's parfait our way. and a delicious treat you can enjoy any time of day. subway. eat fresh. this flat-out delicious -- the new $3 flatbread breakfast combo. a toasty 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich and a 16-ounce cup of freshly brewed seattle's best coffee. all for just $3. build your better breakfast today.
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only lysol neutra air sanitizing spray sanitizes the air and kills 99.9% of bacteria at the source. two reasons why with lysol a fresh home is the sign of a healthy home. on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. the first signs of fall are coming to the northern plains with some morning lows in the 30s. bands of storms will pop up in the desert southwest and the central mississippi valley. here is another look at this morning's top stories. in a race that became a referendum on the president's economic policies, a republican was the upset winner in a special new york city congressional election. a two-day taliban attack in afghanistan's capital ended early this morning when the last attackers were killed.
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they fired on the u.s. embassy and other buildings, killing 11 civilians. no americans were hurt. the poverty rate in this country has grown dramatically. now 15.1%, the highest number in more than two decades. the number of americans living below the poverty line, about $11,000 a year for an individual, has surged from about 37 million at the start of the recession to 46 million at the start of this year. dean reynolds has more. >> reporter: in chicago's lincoln square neighborhood, 52-year-old jose tafoya is among the 10 million americans described as the working poor. >> i'm just looking for work. >> reporter: a naturalized citizen from mexico the construction business he owned in 2007 went broke when the housing industry collapsed. now he gets the occasional odd job, but his family of five depends on his wife's waitressing and his southern's auto parts job.
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their household income has dropped from 26,000 to 25,000 a year, from a bright future to food stamps. >> i never feel good. never get the food stamps before and now we have to get food stamps for my kids, yeah. >> reporter: to eat? >> to eat, yeah. >> reporter: he can't afford health insurance any more. joining the nearly 50 million americans without medical coverage. his credit card is $20,000 in the red. he hasn't been able to pay his mortgage in three years, and the bank is now selling his house. twenty houses for sale in the neighborhood? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: most of them are forced to sell? >> yes, right. >> reporter: he says he still gets calls from his former workers wondering when the jobs will be back, but he has no answer for them, and he worries about his children and whether they will ever live the american dream that drew him to this country in the first place. now, he says he has trouble sleeping these days. mr. tafoya says he doesn't feel poor but has had to give up a lot of things the last four
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. four minuting before 5:00 on a wednesday morning. a nice start. marty bass is in the weather center. let's take a look at how the day is going to look. it's going to be a pretty nice day to be honest, in the mid- 60s to around 70. 86 at lunch. high temperature of about 88 degrees or so. still in the low, mid-80s at dinner. 72 bedtime. thank you very much. here is what we got our eye on for you today. pulling licenses, natural resources wants to suspend five dozen licenses for violations. a push for a park. creating a national park
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dedicated. election day results whox won, who loss, were there surprises? complete coverage for you. the teenager who beat a woman inside a mcdonald's in baltimore town can i will be behind bars for a while. and suing white castle, a man is fed up with that fast food chain. more news, first morning weather and traffic report of the morning in a couple of minutes. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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